- 4-hour gospel music tour of Brooklyn, departing from Manhattan
- Learn about African American gospel music’s roots in New York from your guide
- Stroll through the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood and admire iconic brownstone homes
- View Plymouth Church, where gospel music was first made popular by the Jubilee Singers
- Snap photos of the Manhattan skyline from vantage points in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood
- Clap and sing your way through a spiritual performance at the renowned Brooklyn Tabernacle
Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour
Real gospel soul is closer than you think when you're staying in Manhattan. A quick jaunt to Brooklyn brings you to one of the best gospel choirs in the nation. Attending a church service at the Brooklyn Tabernacle is a truly uplifting experience.
What You Can Expect
On your walking tour, enjoy the iconic brownstone homes and stroll along the Brooklyn Heights Promenade for an unbeatable view of the Manhattan skyline on the Hudson River. Along the way, your guide delves into the evolution of the genre, from its origins in American slavery to its influences on today’s Billboard charts. Pass by Plymouth Church, where the a cappella group known as the Jubilee Singers captivated New Yorkers, and put gospel music on the map. Keep your ears perked to learn about other important figures including Charles A. Tindley (aka the “Father of Gospel Music) and Thomas A. Dorsey, and how this inspirational music influenced a wide range of jazz, rock and blues musicians such as Elvis Presley and the Beatles.
After your walking tour of Brooklyn Heights, you'll arrive at the Brooklyn Tabernacle in the heart of downtown for a church service. What began with a handful of members in a small, run-down building is today a nondenominational congregation of nearly 10,000 people. It's perhaps best known for its Grammy Award–winning choir, which has catapulted the gospel genre into the hearts of people around the world. See for yourself as sermons get a boost from either the Brooklyn Tabernacle's own choir or from visiting gospel groups. You might find it hard to resist letting out a “hallelujah!” as the unified choir sings uplifting songs and hymns.
When the service is over, you are free to explore Brooklyn at your leisure with a provided map that notes subway stations and dining suggestions.
Fantastic experience. Alicia, our tour guide, was lovely. Very friendly and full of lots of interesting information. In spite of the temperature (about minus 9!) we had a great trip. The highlight, of course, was the gospel service. Very uplifting. Thank you.
The guide was very good - even using her own talent to demonstrate the development of gospel music. The Brooklyn Tabernacle visit was wonderful. My only criticism is that there could be a little more content in the walking part of the tour as we spent too much time just waiting (not helped by the freezing weather).